Irene was born on January 27, 1934, beside the Snake River in Wyoming. This earned her the family nickname of “Wyom”. While spending most of her younger years in Monterey, she also lived in Michigan, Salt Lake City, UT, Redding, Fresno, and (in her later years) Sunnyvale, California.
Irene started working at a young age at the Monterey Fosters Freeze. She then worked as a seamstress at the Old Seatcover Factory, and as a dance instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. In her later years she worked as both a property manager and a secretary.
Irene dearly loved Elvis and Country music. She could often be found on the dance floor, as she was an amazing dancer. Irene also enjoyed crocheting, ceramics, and painting nature scenes.
Irene was preceded in death by her father, Aaron Potter, her mother, Effie Snow Potter, her beloved brother, Doyle Potter, her first husband, Frank Gianino, her second husband, Charles Kremkow, her daughter, Francine Gianino, and her grandson, Nicholas Hodgson.
Irene is survived by her children, Sal Gianino, Chris Hodgson, and Charles Kremkow Jr; her grandchildren, Travis Kremkow and Janelle Gianino; her sisters, Venice McElvany and Val Anderson; and many nieces and nephews, to include her favorites, Yvonne and Erik Hearn.